Lean Six Sigma

Our program for training and coaching Lean Six Sigma was established in 2001 at the Wilson College of Textiles by then Dean, Dr. A. Blanton Godfrey. Prior to joining NC State, Dr. Godfrey served as Chairman and CEO of Juran Institute and Head of Quality Theory and Technology Development at AT&T Bell Labs. Since its inception, the program has taught over 5,000 professionals in various industries, leading to over $600M in economic impacts for our clients.

Lean Six Sigma is a business philosophy focusing on breakthrough improvement and incorporates Lean Manufacturing tools with Six Sigma methodologies. Lean Six Sigma focuses on reducing variability in a process. In a service or manufacturing environment, a Lean Six Sigma process would be virtually defect free. In one million operations of a process, Six Sigma allows only 3.4 defects. Most companies operate at three sigma, which allows 66,807 defects per million opportunities.

These methodologies enable businesses to compete in today’s marketplace through improved performance in their products and processes and ultimately boost customer satisfaction. Lean Six Sigma provides solutions for breakthrough performance improvement, allowing for significant financial impact and quality gains.

The NC State Lean Six Sigma programs provide government agencies, manufacturing, service, and healthcare organizations with a proven methodology to significantly reduce costs and increase productivity. We offer training and certification for all levels of Lean and Six Sigma through open enrollment courses or through our customized training program. In addition we can provide consulting in the areas of quality, process improvement, project management, mentorship, program development and deployment.

Our instructors are Master Black Belts or Black Belts and are skilled facilitators and project leaders.